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Foreign tourists. By country of residence

Foreign tourists. By country of residence Catalonia. 2023 (p)
Value Variation (%)
Total 18,004.0 21.2
Germany 1,312.0 8.3
Belgium 395.5 22.2
France 3,708.4 8.5
Ireland 355.5 2.0
Italy 1,283.3 23.8
Netherlands 680.8 2.3
Nordic countries 550.1 -2.9
Portugal 297.6 83.7
United Kingdom 1,820.4 25.3
Russia 149.9 18.3
Switzerland 330.7 7.8
Rest of Europe 2,368.2 15.0
Argentina 147.9 17.4
Brazil 174.2 30.4
Canada 305.5 104.8
United States 1,602.3 37.8
Rest of America 533.9 13.7
Japan 181.8 209.0
China 185.5 654.6
Rest of the world 1,620.5 54.4
Units: Thousands.
Source: Idescat, based on data of the INE's Tourist Movement on Borders Survey and Tourist Expenditure Survey.
Notes:
- Between 14 March and 21 June 2020, it is in force the Royal Decree 463/2020, of 14 March, which declares the state of alarm for the management of the health crisis situation caused by Covid-19.
- It considers information of trips of foreign tourists whose main destination is Catalonia.
(p) Provisional data.
Foreign tourists. By country of residence Spain. 2023 (p)
Value Variation (%)
Total 85,056.5 18.7
Germany 10,801.2 10.6
Belgium 2,740.0 9.0
France 11,812.6 17.0
Ireland 2,477.4 18.6
Italy 4,863.0 21.2
Netherlands 4,094.0 4.4
Nordic countries 4,864.2 13.4
Portugal 2,840.7 17.6
United Kingdom 17,328.6 14.6
Russia .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available
Switzerland 2,007.1 21.3
Rest of Europe 7,933.4 20.6
Argentina 586.1 18.3
Brazil 567.9 63.3
Canada 657.0 72.9
United States 3,885.5 38.7
Rest of America 2,883.0 23.5
Japan 311.6 150.7
China 382.2 574.7
Rest of the world 4,021.0 51.4
Units: Thousands.
Source: INE. Tourist Movement on Borders Survey.
Notes:
- Between 14 March and 21 June 2020, it is in force the Royal Decree 463/2020, of 14 March, which declares the state of alarm for the management of the health crisis situation caused by Covid-19.
- From January 2022, Turkey is added to "Rest of Europe"
(p) Provisional data.
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.

Last update: February 2, 2024.

TUREST

These statistics have a specific section with all the information available: Statistics on Foreign Tourism (TUREST).

Methodological note

Foreign Tourism in Catalonia involves data processed by Idescat based on the Survey of Tourist Movement on Borders (Frontur) and Survey of Tourist Expenditure (Egatur) from the INE.

Its goal is to measure, on a monthly basis, the number of visitors living abroad, in accordance with access routes and type of visitor, and reveal the main attributes of said trips.

This statistic encompasses the trips taken by international tourists and excursionistsaccording to the country where they normally reside(that is, the trips taken by travellers whose usual country of residence is outside Spain, regardless of their nationality).

Tourists are those people who travel to a main destination outside their usual environment, involving at least one overnight stay, for a duration of less than one year and when the main reason for the visit (including business, leisure and other personal reasons) is not connected with a job in a company established in the location visited.

Excursionists are those people who travel to a main destination outside their usual environment, involving no overnight stay. Said visits must meet the following characteristics:

  • The point of departure must be the person's usual environment.
  • The visit cannot be part of the person's daily routine.
  • It must have a duration of at least three hours.
  • Its frequency must be less than once per week.

Up until the third quarter of 2015, the Spanish Institute of Tourism was in charge of producing the Survey of Tourist Movement on Borders (Frontur) and the Survey of Tourist Expenditure (Egatur). Starting in the last quarter of 2015, the body in charge of said operations is the INE. Said shift of responsibilities also entailed a change in the design and methodology of the surveys, which means the data will not be entirely comparable to previous series.

Said methodology is expanded in Foreign Tourism.